Gone are the days of calling images just “art”. The idea of art has moved from being a means of entertainment or a pretty picture on the wall; it has become a language of its own. Sculptures, illustrations and paintings are all a language and the youth of today are mastering its diction.
It is a form of expression. It can be chaotic, tranquil or something in between. For many artists silencing their art is equivalent to sentencing them to a half-existence. People normally find common ground when it comes to pain, and no one captures pain more beautifully than an artist. One such artist is Katarina Sakoschek, whose artwork encourages viewers to express their pain. It is a voice that cannot be defined as peaceful but rather subtly startling and full of surprise. Often interpreted in various and contradictory ways, the response to her artistry can’t be limited to a single emotion.
Sakoscheck deals with envisioning and capturing personal trauma, addressing issues that many would find uncomfortable. ‘Intense’ and ‘bloody’ are words that can be used to describe her imagery, which is sometimes interpreted as violent in nature.
While some use melt plastic and metal to create an emotional stir, others use installations inspired by uncertainty as the medium for their voice. Artist Caroline Birch enjoys the uncertainty of what the art will look like once it has been completed. She draws with no direction or design, only moving to the flow of creative energy. She has learnt that what may be an assumed limitation in one’s creative process, may lead to a trigger, transforming the artwork into something greater than one could anticipate.
Despite the desire and talent to create, a weakness shared amongst artists is self-doubt. An example of an artist with the same challenge would be Nienke Strydom, an out of the box thinker who uses her art to express her opposition to society’s objectification of the female body. Her artworks aim to deconstruct and reconstruct the way the female body is seen in contemporary society; challenging the norms and standards of beauty set by social media and within South African societies where women are still struggling to be their true selves emotionally and physically.
Another youth who expresses herself through art is Kim Makin. When asked on her artistic outlook on life, she quoted the famous words of Pablo Picasso, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” A profound outlook which is driving force behind her art form. She chose to be an artist because art allows her to explore different parts of herself and gives her a sense of fulfilment. Kim’s art speaks to her own experiences, reflections and her identity, and in turn, she uses it to challenge and to some extent confuse, the viewer in how they think about themselves – as individuals with respect to ideas surrounding collective identity.
What Kim, Katarina, Caroline and Nienke have in common is that they are all trained in Fine Arts and have recently exhibited their work at the Turbine Art Fair. A space that celebrates freedom of expression amongst youths and gives them a platform for it. Through poetry, music and art, youth are finding multiple ways to voice their thoughts and ideas, it is important that the world listens.
Text: Jade Novelsit Images: © Sourced